Black Friday refers to the Friday following Thanksgiving. This trend originally comes from the United States, where the day or whole weekend generally involves most retailers offering high sales promotions. The UK has also seen a drastic change on this trend, where Black Friday has built momentum since it initially began in 2010.
Black Friday falls on 29th November this year, we realise how for many retailers and customers this can be an exceptionally daunting and challenging day. That’s why we’ve put together some security and safety tips you can utilise this Black Friday.
Never leave your purse or bags unattended
If you’re not careful and alert, thieves can grab your purse or other valuables and be gone in seconds. It’s always important to be aware of your surroundings, never leave anything unattended and keep an eye out when standing in crowded places.
Don’t fight over items
It may look like it’s the last piece left – but you may be lucky and find it online. Avoid aggressiveness and situations where violence can occur.
Whether is Boxing Day sales or Black Friday, managing crowds is not an easy task. Retailers should form a queue control, which ensures only a set number of customers are inside the shop and this makes it easier to manage and reduces the chance of anything going out of hand.
Security Officers are vital
Retail staff continue to face high volumes of violence, abuse and robberies on a day-to-day basis.
It is no surprise that this occurs at a higher level on days like Black Friday. Hiring security officers can help protect your retail site, employees, customers and products. If security guards are present, it can deter offenders from carrying out any illegal acts.
If any thefts do take place, the guards can quickly act accordingly and prevent a company from any major losses. Furthermore, security officers can help in de-escalating situations and addressing any threats and violence before they occur.
Controlling the crowd during peak times is also highly important – officers can control customers accordingly in order to prevent any activity that is not wanted. Investing in manned guarding also gives clients a peace of mind. As suspicious activity can continuously be monitored on site, emergencies are dealt with correctly and tense situations are prevented. This also gives retail staff more space to focus on their job.
Retailers should also ensure…
- They hire extra staff on the day
- Make sure certain entrances and exits are either blocked or open, in order to effectively manage queue control
- Anticipate and plan ahead for any problems that can occur
If you are a retailer looking to employ security officers for your site – do not hesitate to get in touch with G3 Security Services. G3 provide all clients with exceptional services to protect premises and personnel. Hiring security officers puts companies and individuals at an advantage. As officers can provide a physical presence, surveillance and on-going patrols.
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